Saturday, June 30, 2012

What a great week.

   We started off the week with a missionary "farewell"  Marleen spoke in church last Sunday, she talked about faith and how hard sometimes it is to have faith. She how grateful she was for the missionaries that had taught her the gospel, and the missionaries now, that helped her get all her papers  and everything ready to go on a mission.  She bore her testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel and how grateful she was to be able to go on a mission now.  It was really sweet and her brother, Patterson, came to church, Patterson has been less active for a while. Marleen and Patterson are the only members of the church in their family and it has been harder for Patterson to stay active because of the pressure from the family.  He was doing great. We got to see him again, when we went to teach with the UH elders, he came with them and helped us teach some lessons.  He stills has a strong testimony of the Gospel and he bore his testimony. It was a great start to        the week.
     Then came Monday, we were able to get several things done we needed to, like laundry, house cleaning, shopping, etc. Then we went to Ponrockiette for FHE.  We had a great lesson there and played some games.
    Next Tuesday, we went and helped out some of the sisters, then off the piano and English class.  both were great, then we reminded our Institute group of the Big Activity on Friday, Elder LeFevre taught a young man new to the Priesthood how to give a blessing, and then the sister missionaries, who had both been ill, ask it Elder LeFevre and Lavon would give them a blessing.  It was a sweet experience and the spirit was so strong all night.
     Wednesday, we helped out with cars ( the 3 Sr. couples are sharing 2 cars), so we were home for part of the day, so we prepared for lessons, and the activity. Wednesday night Elder LeFevre went to his district Pres. meeting and I got to go out teaching with the Sisters.  Sister Varea and I went to visit a man named Augustine, his wife is a member of the church, but he is not.  We had a great lesson on chastity and Eternal Marriage. I got to share my testimony of the Temple and the Sealing power.
     Thursday  we had district mtg, then we sent our car with the Vincents to Kitti  and had a little quite time. It was kind of nice. When we got the car back, we went to Palikir and taught Piano and English lessons and reminded out Institute class of our big activity on Friday.
     Well Friday came and we spent the day getting everything ready for the Young Adult/Institute "Movie Night"  We spent a solid hour popping popcorn( you can't buy it pre-popped here) and between the hot air popper and the microwave, it took us an hour to pop all the popcorn. Unfortunately, my microwave died in the process, so we are now without a microwave, but it was worth it, because the looks on the young adults faces when they saw the popcorn was great. Popcorn is a special treat, they rarely,if ever get it, so they ate every kernel before the night was through( and we had 2 big garbage bags stuffed full).  We put all the candy we had in the apartment in 2 large buckets, we got the water cooler ready to go and off to the church we went.( By the way great big shout out and THANK YOU, to all our kids and brothers and sisters that contributed bags of candy and popcorn, via boxes from home, we could not have done this night without your wonderful generosity, you probably did not think much of it when you sent the popcorn and candy, but hopefully the pictures at the end of this post will show you the fun YOU created by sending such wonderful packages, we don't have a lot of popcorn or candy here on the island, and the young adults, children and adults alike love it. of course who wouldn't IT"S CANDY AND POPCORN, so THANK YOU, THANK YOU THANK YOU  from the bottom of our hearts and all of the children, adults and young adults that have benefited from you goodness)
Getting ready for the movie

Elder LeFevre bringing in the water

"Stadium" seating

Getting our treats, YUM popcorn and candy

Best Seats in the house( or should I say church)

Watching the Movie " Every one comfy?"

Was it worth all the work? You decide by the smile
      Next we set up the computer and projector to show our Movie "17 Miracles", we had told our young adults to bring whatever they wanted to sit on, or lay on to watch the movie, well since they really don't have things to bring like that ( we keep forgetting this is not like back home, here they sleep on the hard floor, with no pillows)  they made us their own "comfy" seats from what was at the church.  We even had "Stadium' Seating.  We opened with prayer, then Elder LeFevre told a brief history of the handcart pioneers and espeically the "Willie and Martin" groups. and everyone got some snacks and we started the movie. It was great, all loved it, (for some it was the first movie ever seen) After we talked about the fact that the people here are the pioneers on Pohnpei, that in years to come it will be their stories that are told out here, because they are the pioneers in the church out here. We had closing prayer and then we all just stood around and talked and visited for another hour ( does this sound familiar Boyd and Diane and anyone else who has ever worked with young adults) It was a great night.  We had about 25 young adults come from all over the Island.

     Now Saturday, and I must admit we are very tired from our late night with the young adults, but no rest here, we have a baptism today and clothing must be put together, a font must be filled, the car must be taken to the car wash servcie project and sisters still need a ride to their appt. So we are off again, we get everything ready, even got the towels washed, and we head to the Baptism. What a spiritual feast every baptism is.  3 new members of the church in the Nett branch.
Elders Vance and Elder Gasu, with the 3 newest members of the
Nett branch
Elder Vance, Hilario Malarma, Elder Gasu
Elder Vance, Jessica Setik, Elder Gasu
Elder Vance, Odilia  Luzama, Elder Gasu
Members of the Nett branch that came to the Baptism, aren't they beautiful !!!

At the end of the week, was it all worth it?    YES, YES, YES

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